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VACCINE Q&A: Are masks required inside a workplace if all employees are fully vaccinated?

The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about wearing masks in the workplace.
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 3:37 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 6:23 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about wearing masks in the workplace. You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE.

Answer: CDC guidance recommends individuals wear masks in public spaces.

Dr. Matt Anderson, UW Health’s Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, says employers will know their spaces best. He says as general guidance for workplaces, employees should wear masks.

“You don’t always know who’s going to be coming through that space,” said Anderson. “The current recommendations are still to mask up in those situations unless you’re in an office where you can obviously take it off.”

Anderson says keeping with CDC guidance for workplaces is recommended for employer groups.

“Sometimes people may not want to share their vaccination status and may feel pressured to say they’re vaccinated when they’re not,” said Anderson. “This could bring risk to other people within the group as well as themselves.

Work spaces are also expected to follow local public health orders.

Public Health Madison & Dane County says masks are required in any space accessible to the public, regardless of someone’s vaccination status. This means for those who work at a business open to customers or provide walk-in services, masks are required.

Masks aren’t required in areas like a break room or private office, or other fully enclosed spaces.

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